J Korean Surg Soc.  1999 Dec;57(Suppl):1046-1049.

Report of a Child Donors Liver Transplanted into an Adult Recipient

  • 1Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan and Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.


Under normal circumstances, attempts are made to match the recipient of an orthotopic liver transplant with the best available donor in terms of organ and body size. Occasionally, it may happen that a child's liver is transplanted into an adult recipient, either because of the need for an urgent transplantation when only a small donor is available or because there is no child recipient transplantable with the graft. After a child-donor's liver was transplanted into an adult recipient, we had the opportunity to observe the change in the size of the allograft over time by using serial computed tomography scans to evaluate change in graft size. Reported here are the results of the small-for-size live transplantation at Asan Medical Center.


Child donor; Orthotopic liver transplantation
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